Russian Federation selling off United States securities in wake of new sanctions

13 Août, 2018, 09:25 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Russia will further decrease its holdings of USA securities in response to new sanctions against Moscow but has no plans to shut down US companies in Russia, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on state TV on Sunday, RIA news agency reported.

After their last meeting in Helsinki in July, Trump saw a wave of criticism at home for failing to confront Putin publicly over Moscow's interference in the 2016 US election, and for seeming to contradict his own intelligence agencies on the threat from Russian Federation.

"We have lowered to the minimum level and will further decrease our investment in the U.S. economy, in the U.S. securities", Siluanov said, shedding light on the nature of an unexpected drop in Russia's holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds.

"Eventually, this will negatively impact USA investors". But we are not planning now any limitations such as shutting down McDonalds.

Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions by the end of August after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain, sending Russia's rouble currency to a two-year low.

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"Of course, the government has no such plans".

Though Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the nation is ready to trade with other partners.

He said: "We are gearing up for trade in national currencies with China, Russia, Iran, Ukraine".

Mr Trump doubled tariffs on Turkish aluminium to 50 percent and steel to 20 percent causing the lira to plummet to a unsafe value.

Turkey also refused to release American pastor Andrew Brunson, arrested on terror charges having been accused of a 2016 coup to overturn the Turkish government.

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